Audi R8 V10 is the Official Safety Car the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

Audi R8 V10 is the Official Safety Car the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted January 23, 2014 09:33

For the 2nd year in a row, the Audi R8 V10 will lead the field for inaugural race

Offering exceptional balance between performance at the limit and ease of driving for daily use, the Audi R8 V10 will once again lead all cars at the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona inaugural race.

“We are excited to be the Official Safety Car of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.  Watching the R8 V10 make its way around the track on the banked turns of Daytona as the safety car will further prove its ability to offer incredible balance as a car for the track and on the road,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America.

The Audi R8 V10 shares more than 50% of their parts and components including the V10 naturally aspirated engine and the fully aluminum ASF® with the R8 LMS.

That 5.2 liter V10 FSI engine is proof of the durability of Audi engines.  It can go 13,000 miles before needing engine service. The engine in the R8 LMS can actually race a whole season without a major overhaul.

The 2014 model year Audi R8 V10 5.2 liter engine generates 525 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. New for the 2014 model year is the 7-speed S tronic transmission that offers incredibly quick and smooth shifting between the gears including skipping gears automatically when downshifting for exceptional control and performance. The highly praised gated manual transmission is also available standard while the double clutch S tronic is available as an option.

The Audi R8 V10 road car is equipped with magnetic ride which allows the suspension to be stiffened for more dynamic driving or to offer a more comfortable ride. Standard waved brake rotors provide better heat dissipation as well as offer a nine pound weight reduction compared to conventional brake rotors which reduces unsprung weight. The R8 V10 is available as a coupe or Spyder.

The Audi R8 model line is also available as a V8 coupe or Spyder with 425 horsepower in a manual transmission or with the available 7-speed S tronic. For maximum performance, the R8 V10 Plus offers 550 horsepower, is 130 pounds lighter than the V10 and reaches 60 mph in a breathtaking 3.3 seconds.

The Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona race will take start at 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 25 and end twenty-four hours later on the Sunday, January 26th.